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Climate Change and Increasing Worldwide Wildfires

2020 brought unprecedented events on the human race which shook the entire humanity, humankind has witnessed, the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, Beirut explosion, Russia and Mauritius oil spoil incident, locust swarms in east Africa & several parts of India & Asia, flood, cyclones.

After these disasters, entering in September 2020 another dreadful disastrous wildfires have blanketed swaths of the West Coast with unhealthy smoke, complicating efforts to fight the blazes and find dozens of missing people in Oregon as a wildfire that have torched millions of acres across the west continue to burn, the death toll rising to 20 and smoke choking residents in cities far from the fires.

According to the California Department of Forestry and protection. A total of 7,718 fires have burned 3,354,234 acres more than 3% of the state’s roughly 100 million acres of land, making 2020 the largest wildfire season recorded in California history.

According to, the smoke pollution from the wildfires has left Oregon’s largest city, Portland, with the worst air quality in the world, followed by San Francisco and Seattle.

Factors of such disastrous wildfire

Usually, the three elements are the main factors for the creation of wildfire: Fuel, Oxygen, and heat. Most of the time drought conditions peak and something as small as a spark has the potential to create a large wildfire with devastating consequences.

Although fire can occur naturally from the sun or a lightning strike, most wildfires are started by human carelessness. Un extinguished campfires, lit cigarette butts, improperly burned debris, and arson are responsible for 84% of wildfires started.

Man-made wildfires have triples the fire season from 46 days to 154 days with a staggering cost of $2 billion.

United Nations Already warned, that five years from 2016 until this year will very likely be the hottest such period yet recorded. Both Oregon and California have warmed by more than 1 degree Celsius since 1900, nine of the world’s 10 The warmest years on record have occurred since 2005.

California has seen other disasters like drought over the past decades which has killed millions of trees and turning them into potential fuel for the fires, and the mountain regions that are normally cooler and wetter has dried out more rapidly in the summer.
Scientists already forecasted that western wildfires would grow in size, scale and impact- but their predictions are coming fruition faster than expected.

How harmful a wildfire can be?

Consequently, wildfire harmful impacts can have immediate and long term effects on the quality of rivers, lakes, and streams. The loss of vegetation, the ground’s soil becomes hydrophobic and stops the absorption of water. And this inability to absorb water stimulates the transportation of debris and sediment into larger bodies of water to further polluting valuable and essential; resources.

Fire flash floods become a threat and allow the introduction of heavy metals from ash and soil to infiltrate waterways. Filtering these water sources can be costly as well as time-consuming,
Wildfire occurs in a different time of a year when the temperature fluctuates, wildfire significantly impact on vegetation. 

Plants in the forest or smaller trees are usually destroyed by wildfire, while larger trees are able to survive as long as the fire doesn’t spread into the canopy trees.

The deadly flames from these forests destroy the food sources and homes of wild animals, threatening their survival. For plants and trees that can survive the flames, they are susceptible to disease, fungus, and insects due to their decreased resistance following burn injuries.

Along with forest burns, a large amount of smoke is released into the atmosphere. These harmful smoke particles are typically small and made up of gases and water vapor.
The biggest threat from wildfire, is air pollution from fires have the potential to travel a great distance, and oftentimes may pose a threat to human health. These small particles can become lodged deep within the lungs, making it difficult to breathe as well as placing additionally it can lead to heart disease. Wildfire produces a high amount of carbon monoxide, which too can lead to different kinds of diseases.

How climate change promotes wildfires?
The year 2020 has seen unprecedented wildfires cause havoc around the world. Recently Australia battles its deadliest bushfire on record, while parts of the Arctic, the Amazon, and central Asia have also experienced unusually severe blazes.

In 2019, the world witnessed the Amazon its third-largest fire on record, while intense blazes also raged in Indonesia, North America and Siberia, among other regions.

many  analysis released this year, they show that, globally, climate change is driving an increase in the weather conditions that can stroke wildfires.

However, despite a growing field of evidence suggesting that climate change is making the conditions for fire more likely, researchers finds that the total area burned by wildfire each year decreased by up to a quarter in the past two decades.

Scientists found a cast range of influential factors, including climate change, human land-use, and political and social motivation.

Wildfires increasing across the globe
Climate change increasing the risk of hot and dry weather in several parts of the world, it may seem prudent to assume that the global areas burned by wildfires each year is increasing, but many research papers looking into wildfires at a global level has come to the opposite conclusion.

A paper released in the journal Science found that, globally, the areas burned by wildfires decrease by 25%between 2003 and 2015.

Wildfires can really change in the future?
If climate change continues to drive temperature rise and more uncertain rainfall in many parts of the world, meaning that the number of days with: fire weather” – conditions in which fires are like to burn is expected to increase in the coming decades.

According to the study covered Carbon Brief, they found, by the middle of the century, there could be a 35% increase in the days with a high danger of fire across the world, on average – if little actions are taken to tackle climate change.

Many regions are likely to see the highest increase in days with extreme fire weather in this very high emissions scenario including the western The US, southern Australia, the Mediterranean, and southern Africa.

Many other studies show this risk of fire weather is likely to change in different world regions.

In California, climate change will further amplify the number of days with extreme weather by the end of this century. However, if efforts are taken to limit global warming to below 2C, which is the goal of the Paris Agreement, this would substantially prevent that increase.
In 2018 a landmark special report from the intergovernmental panel on climate change concluded that limiting global warming to 1.5C rather 2 C would “reduce” the average wildfire risk worldwide.

It’s a crucial issue because it not only climate change is controlling future fire risk, it’s also the interaction of humans and climate change. It is although possible that efforts by humans to suppress wildfires could stem increases in the area burned by fire, despite the increased risk pose by climate change.

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